Saudi Arabia to grant business visa within 24 hours

Updated 11 January 2017
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Saudi Arabia to grant business visa within 24 hours

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has adopted a new mechanism to grant business visas for foreign investors within 24 hours.
Foreign Ministry official Usama Nugali confirmed the move to Arab News on Sunday.
The new measure is aimed at allowing foreign investors to obtain business visas electronically within a day.
The application system for new visas for businesspeople and business delegations became effective Jan. 1.
The process for visit visas for commercial firms working in Saudi Arabia will be applied within the next few days.
The step reportedly comes in accordance with directives of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, which has called for stimulating the investment environment in a manner to improve business performance in the private sector.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) is opening contact with businesspeople to whom visas were issued in a step to encourage investment in the Kingdom.
SAGIA authorities aim to process requests of foreign business delegations in a two-day period instead of the previous 30 days.


Ronaldinho plans football academy in Jeddah

Updated 16 min 45 sec ago
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Ronaldinho plans football academy in Jeddah

  • Backstage at Misk Global Forum, Brazilian football legend reveals intention to open school some time next year
  • Player offered advice for audience, speaking about the value of teamwork, learning from failure and the rewards of giving back

RIYADH: Ronaldinho plans to open a football academy in Jeddah some time next year, the Brazilian football legend revealed to Arab News backstage in an exclusive interview after his appearance at the Misk Global Forum on Wednesday.

“First of all, I want to say thank you for a warm reception and kindness which I have received from the Saudi people,” he told Arab News. “As for the kids, those who want to be a player some day, dedicate as much as you can and follow your dreams.”

Earlier, Ronaldinho appeared on stage to a chorus of cheers at the end of the day’s sessions, where he gave a talk titled the Discipline – and Fun – of Teamwork. 

”I was lucky enough to be on a team with stars,” he said of his career with European clubs Paris St-Germain, Barcelona and AC Milan, and a World Cup win in 2002 with the Brazilian national team. “We all respected each other.

“For me it was wonderful, because my history with this team and players was a beautiful one: To idolize them and later play with them and later win titles again…”

Ronaldinho said he feels grateful for his God-given talent. “Throughout my career we had a plan, and I always worked hard. God gave me the privilege to play football. It was fun, not a sacrifice.”

“I’ve always liked to have a ball around me, to have contact with the ball.”

His advice for the audience? “Prepare yourself and help your colleague or team member,” he said. “Humility is important. Try to stay humble.”

He also said to train hard, read as much as you can and don’t fear failure. “I failed a lot of times,” he said. “Football is like that. You can’t always win. You have to seek lessons from the defeats and not lose hope.” 

Now that he’s retired, Ronaldinho is more concerned with giving back. “After I stopped playing, I have soccer academies. That’s what I’m proud of, and it has given me pleasure. To give something back (as a)  thanks to football and everything it have given me.”